Chinese New Year 2022: What’s on in Sunderland

(210202) -- KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 2, 2021 (Xinhua) -- Red lanterns set for Chinese Lunar New Year are pictured at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 2, 2021. (Photo by Chong Voon Chung/Xinhua)

By Anna Pavlova,

Chinese New Year, or sometimes referred to as “Lunar New Year” or “Spring Festival” is a celebration which marks the start of the Lunar Calendar. In China and neighbouring East Asian nations, the festival is a public holiday with the level of importance westerners attach to Christmas. It is a time of family reunion and paying homage to one’s ancestors.

Of course, Chinese New year is now celebrated all over the world. Sunderland, as a major city within the region, is included in those brilliant events taking place annually to mark Lunar New Year with past celebrations inclusive of food stalls, dragon dances and live entertainment.

On Friday 4th February, the Sunderland Student’s union is hosting a Chinese New Year event at the City Campus in City Space. With plenty of decorations and entertainment, it will feature performances, food (including dumplings, fortune cookies and spring rolls), games to play, music and more.

The first 45 people to sign up for the event have the opportunity to win a lucky red envelope with a chocolate coin inside. As it is the year of the tiger, they have themed cookies that they will be sharing with those who join but it’s first come, first served so be quick!

This event takes place on Friday 4th February from 11 am till 2 pm and the tickets are free on their Sunderland Student’s Union website.